Our experienced tree care staff is dedicated to excellence and preserving and protecting your growing investments. Bob Ray Co. Certified Arborists are highly qualified and educated in the most up to date scientifically based plant care advances. We guarantee that all tree trimmiing and tree pruning is done in accordance with ANSI A300 Standards. Below is a great graphic of the correct pruning techniques: Tree Trimming/Pruning Correct tree pruning is one of the best investments a home owner and community can make to ensure the health and increase the life of their trees. Pruning should only be done by a skilled and experienced technician with a very clear understanding of how the tree will respond to each cut. Incorrect pruning can damage and even kill valuable trees. Our average tree care specialist has over 15 years of experience. Tree Removal Healthy trees have both a financial and environmental impact. They actually increase the value of your property as well as provide energy savings and air quality benefits for both home and business owners. We are environmentally responsible and recommend removals only out of absolute necessity. We will look for any alternative before removing a tree. Tree Preservation Tree preservation practices, such as cabling, are performed to help a tree overcome its growth abnormalities. This is done by installing steel hardware directly into a tree, which help stabilize points of weakness, such as large cracks or decay in the trunk. When done correctly cabling can prolong the life of an otherwise hopeless tree. Municipality/Commercial Tree Care Program The removal of dead or dangerous trees along roadways is a priority in every community. Keeping streets, sidewalks, signs and street lights clear...Read More
Researching tree replacement for the one you lost in a storm or to improve your landscape? Bob Ray Co. Inc. specializes in planting trees native to the Kentucky-Indiana area that will survive the freeze-thaw cycles in the winter and the hot, dry, humid summers. Bob Ray Co. recommends planting trees from December – March, while the trees are dormant. Some of the questions to ask before selecting a tree are: “How big of a tree do I wish to have planted in this spot?” and “Do I want a shade tree or do I want a tree that is perhaps smaller and one that flowers?” “Do I want a tree that always has foliage?” or “Do I want a tree that has spectacular foliage color in the fall?” All these questions need to be answered as the first step in choosing a tree for a particular site. Other questions consist of determining which species of tree best suits your site. Some question may include: • “How much sun will the tree receive in that space?” • “Will it have enough room to reach its mature height and width?” • “Will it potentially cause problems with any utility lines or will it block a line of vision for safety purposes?” Once you have answered these questions, you are ready to select a species of tree. There are many trees native to our area. Some of these that Bob Ray Co. recommends are: American Beech American Holly American Hornbeam American Linden Bald Cypress Blackgum Bur Oak Chestnut Oak Chinkapin Oak Eastern Hemlock Eastern Redbud Eastern White Pine Flowering Dogwood Kentucky Coffeetree Northern Catalpa Northern Red Oak Ohio Buckeye Pecan Pin Oak...Read More
Need your tree trimmed away from your roof? Holly growing out of control and against your house? Correct pruning is one of the best investments a homeowner can make to promote the health of their trees. Bob Ray Co. Inc. tree care specialists are highly qualified and have the experience to properly prune your trees. Services Provided: Crown Cleaning—Selective pruning to remove one or more of the following parts: dead , diseased , and /or broken branches. Crown Thinning—Selective pruning to reduce density of live branches. Crown Raising—Selective pruning to provide vertical clearance. Examples of crown raising include pruning branches off the roof of a house, pruning away from gutters and windows, to provide clearance along walkways and driveways. Crown Reduction—Selective pruning to decrease height and/or spread. Many times, a tree is planted in an area that is inadequate to handle its natural growth. In these instances, the tree can be reduced in size to accommodate the space in which it is planted. Crown Restoration—Selective pruning to improve the structure, form and appearance of trees that have been severly headed , vandalized or that have suffered storm damage. Vista Pruning—Selective pruning to allow a specific...Read More
Protect your trees and shrubs—keep them healthy with regular fertilizing. Bob Ray Co. Inc. has trained and professional arborists to help you develop a fertilizing program for your trees. Bob Ray Co. maintains a proactive philosophy, which emphasizes the health and care of plants. By providing essential nutrients and other elements needed for continued growth and protection, fertilizing regularly insures your trees and shrubs an optimum growing environment for their health and ability to ward off damaging insects and disease. Fertilizing services for tree and shrubs include: Subsurface fertilization Nutrient trunk Injection Nutrient foliar spray Fertilization Unfortunately for our city trees, the natural conditions of the forest, which encourage healthy tree growth, are rarely present in urban areas. In reality, forest trees are being fertilized through the natural process of recycling. In addition, trees have adapted over time to the existing soil and environmental conditions of their natural surroundings. Forest soils are rich in humus, which is replenished by the decay of plant and animal residue. Leaves are relatively high in accumulated nutrients and their decomposition is an important source of returning nutrients to the soil. Research has demonstrated that trees get more than half of their annual requirements from these sources. In contrast, domestic and street lawns are usually very low in humus and fertility. Leaves are removed, which interrupts nature’s recycling program for nutrients and prevents the accumulation of nutrients. The soil elements should be replaced with supplemental fertilization. Also shade and ornamental trees are often selected and planted for their aesthetic appeal without regard for the soil, sunlight or other elements that help them thrive in their natural setting. Thus, they are subjected to very...Read More
Plant Health Care Plant Health Care is a powerful, multidimensional management strategy for plant care that focuses on plant vitality and relies on a broad range of techniques to protect and enhance plant health. At Bob Ray Co. Inc., the ISA-Certified Arborists take a proactive position in Plant Health Care. This places emphasis on the health of the plants, rather than the reactive response to a plant’s symptoms of problems. Bob Ray Co.’s Certified Arborists focus on problems that represent a major threat to the health of trees and shrubs. Bob Ray Co. offers an individual Plant Health Care program that will be tailored toward the needs of each tree and site. Your Certified Arborist will work with you to set up a program that will benefit your plants now and in the future. He or she will also diagnose any problems occurring or foreseen issues that may occur in the future. Bob Ray Co.’s Certified Arborists and licensed Pesticide Technicians are all up to date on the latest techniques and innovations in Plant Health Care. With a drive to keep current on all research and findings in the plant world, you can be certain to see Bob Ray Co.’s Certified Arborists in attendance at the various seminars and conferences that pertain to the plant world. Bob Ray Co.’s Plant Health Care services include: Plant Health Care Programs Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Subsurface fertilization –May include mycorrhizae, iron, sulfur supplements Foliar Sprays, including insecticide, fungicide, bactericide, and growth inhibitors Insect/Disease diagnostics and Management Structural stability/Risk Assessment Evaluations Trunk Injections Construction Impact Assessment Girdling, strapping root removals Root Collar Corrections The Bob Ray Company is one of the most experienced...Read More
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Chip Trucking LLC is an expanded part of Bob Ray Co., Inc’s ever growing business and provides you with the best equipment to fit your needs.
As part of our company’s dedication to natural resources, our mulches maximize the use of our greatest renewable energy – wood.
History is filled with records of family businesses generations old. Few, though, show a passion that transcends over the years, through father to son to grandson, and now, to great-grandson. The Ray family has weaved that passion into a family business that began with Thomas Ray in 1894, and continues to this day through “Tee” Ray, his great-grandson. In 1894, the World’s Fair in Chicago was destroyed by fire. The New England Telephone and Telegraph installed its first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts. And the first college...
We Are Growing and Hiring in Louisville Heavy Equipment/Diesel Mechanic Two year Diesel Technician Degree or equivalent heavy equipment and diesel experience. Also must possess a current valid drivers license, be willing to acquire a class A or B Commercial Drivers license and pass a pre-employment drug test. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Qualifications and Duties Responsible for the care and maintenance of heavy machinery, bucket trucks, and service maintenance trucks. Must be able to diagnose inspect and repair all diesel heavy equipment. Must also be able...